What are Terpenes?

CBD oil containing terpenes

Did you ever wonder how some cannabis plants get the rich aromas that give them their signature smell? You can thank terpenes.

What are terpenes? Terpenes are not only responsible for some fantastic aromas when it comes to cannabis products, but they also have medicinal properties that can be pretty amazing.

We are going to take a closer look at terpenes, the different types of terpenes, and how they can affect people.

Terpenes Explained

When you smell a plant and it gives off a lemon or pine odor, you can thank terpenes for that. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants. The fragrance of most plants is due to a combination of terpenes. Terpenes are also believed to have medicinal properties that work with the Endocannabinoid System together with other cannabinoids.

Terpenes are used to create scents in many perfumes, body products, and even foods. In plants, terpenes can attract pollinators while they can also work to repel predators in other plants.

Different Types of Terpenes

Different terpenes are responsible for different types of aromas. Here’s a look at some of the most common terpenes you probably recognize:


As its name suggests, Limonene has a signature fragrance that smells like lemon. It’s responsible for lemony and citrus smells.


Pinene is another common terpene. It brings a fresh, bright scent that you find in pine needles, rosemary, and basil.


Linalool is responsible for giving lavender plants their rich scent. Lavender has an effect and is used in many essential oils.


Myrcene is known for its earthy properties and is commonly found in plants such as hops, lemongrass, and thyme. The flowers of the cannabis plant also contain myrcene.


You’ll find this terpene in many herbs and vegetables, such as cloves. It’s also known for its spicy properties.


Omicene is responsible for sweet flavors. 

These are just some of the most commonly found terpenes. There are many more that you’ll find if you start looking around to see what’s responsible for some common scents.

Do Terpenes Affect People? 

As we mentioned, terpenes are believed to have some medicinal properties.

Because terpenes produce such fresh smells, they are used in many essential oils and can be used for aromatherapy. Inhaling the scents from some plants can help to improve mood.

How We Use Terpenes at Trek CBD

At Trek CBD, we know the value of terpenes which is why we use them in our products. Our TRIPLICITY product is the proprietary blend of CBD, CBC, CBG, and select terpenes.

TRIPLICITY uses limonene, caryophyllene, myrcene & ocimene.

If you want to know more about this product, the terpenes it includes, or any of our other products, our friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to answer your questions. 

Call us today at  919-761-5020 or reach out to us online for more information. Our goal is to help you find the right products to help you live a healthy life!